The 2017 edition of the Massy United Interschool Secondary school team chess championship has seen a high presence of girls on the teams of most of the schools participating. This has put pain to the notion that chess is a mainly a male dominated and oriented sport and has been the highlight of the tournament so far. For not only have they been just pushing their pieces, the girls have been competing tooth and nail with their male counterparts and scoring some impressive victories.
At the half ways stage of the tournament which is played in 3 sections, under 20, under 15 and under 13 age categories, it has been the Harrison College teams who have been making the running.
In the Under 20 section, Harrison College lead the way with 27 points from a possible 30 from their 3 matches so far. A match consists of 5 games, with 2 points for a win, 1 for a draw and 0 for a loss, so a maximum of 10 points is possible per match.
In their last match, Harrison’s crushed St. Leonards 9 – 1, with victories for Yutien Poon, Nitin Mahtani, Gabriella Cumberbatch and Pau; Mordesur, while Anush Pais, was held to a draw Dondre Husbands. Quuen’s College lies in second on 14 points, just ahead of St. Leonards on 10 and the St. Michael on 9.
In the Under 15 section, Queen’s College on 25 points hold a slight 2 point lead on Harrison College “A” team. The Q.C. team of Aaron Haynes, Azari Gittens, Tyson Holder, Shane Skinner and Kiarra Eversley will look to hold off the H.C. team in the closing rounds of the tournament.
Harrison College has run rampant in the Under 13 section and led by Under 12 national champion Leigh Sandiford and completed byAzaria Johnson, Yeshua Hill, Gaybrianna Moore and Dominic Jackman, they have defeated everyone in sight to be in the lead on 23 points, already 6 points ahead of Queen’s College ‘A’. It would take a dramatic collapse on the final day to see H.C. not raise the Under 13 trophy and possibly the over crown.